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How to Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House?
Sep 08, 2022

How to Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House?

If you have a summer home that you’re preparing to say "C’ya next summer!" to, then you might be wondering how to make sure your vacant house will be in good shape when you meet again. A primary question is how to winterize the plumbing. In this brief article, we will run through some crucial steps in protecting your plumbing from the harsh winters of Blair County. If you ever need a plumber, you can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our live representatives and dedicated plumbers are always ready to take your call.

Secure the Outdoors

Unless you’ve got sophisticated smart technology, you won’t need that sprinkler system for some time. Turn off the main water valve leading to your sprinkler and irrigation systems and shut off backflow prevention valves, if applicable. Turn off your timer if you have one, or set it to "rain mode." Finally, drain out all of the water in the lines.

Remove all hoses and fixtures connected to outdoor spigots. Turn off the main water valve going to your outdoor faucets, then open all spigots to drain for a couple of hours. Repair any leaking spigots before covering them up with insulated protection.

Drain the Water out of – Everything

Standing water has no chance against the freezing temperatures of Blair County’s severe winters. Therefore, you want to drain the water out of, well, EVERYTHING. But first, turn off the water supply. Then, drain your water heater tank, water softener, and toilets. You can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing if you do not feel comfortable doing any of these. An experienced plumber is on standby to take your call.

With the water shut off and the appliances flushed of water, you can open all faucets and showerheads to clear the pipes of water. Pour antifreeze down the toilets, sinks, bathtub, and other drains to prevent any leftover water from freezing.

One Last Tip

Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County, we want you to have the utmost peace of mind. Here are a couple of more tips on how to make sure your home’s plumbing system will make it through the cold winter.

Insulate all of the exposed plumbing pipes to keep their temperatures stable. Drastic fluctuations in temperature will stretch and squeeze the pipes, eventually causing damage. Plus, insulating pipes keeps the water temperature stable too! That translates into savings on energy bills.

Speaking of energy bills, our next tip might make you scratch your head. Keep the thermostat on. You might be thinking, "Isn’t that a waste of electricity?" Our argument is that keeping the thermostat to somewhere above freezing is better than turning off the heating altogether. The cost of running the thermostat on low settings is negligible when compared to the cost of water damage from burst pipes and other consequences of frozen pipes.

Need a Plumber in Blair County? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Are you looking for a reliable plumber in Blair County? You can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County when you need quick and affordable plumbing service and plumbing repair. Our live representatives are ready to take your call today.